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Grammaticalization (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)by Paul J. Hopper
Synopses & Reviews
Grammaticalization refers to the change whereby lexical terms and constructions serve grammatical functions in certain linguistic contexts and, once grammaticalized, continue to develop new grammatical functions. Paul Hopper and Elizabeth Traugott synthesize research from several areas of linguistics in this revised introduction to the subject. The book includes substantial updates on theoretical and methodological issues that have arisen in the decade since the first edition, as well as a significantly expanded bibliography. Particular attention is paid to recent debates over directionality in change and the role of grammaticalization in creolization. First Edition Hb (1993): 0-521-36655-0 First Edition Pb (1993): 0-521-36684-4
The second edition of this general introduction to grammaticalization has been thoroughly revised with substantial updates on theoretical and methodological issues, and includes a significantly expanded bibliography. Particular attention is paid to recent debates over directionality in change and the role of grammaticalization in creolization.
This is the first general introduction to grammaticalization, the process whereby ordinary lexical items--nouns and verbs--change over time into grammatical elements such as case markers, sentence connectives, and auxiliaries, and whereby grammatical elements in general come into being and decay. The authors synthesize work from several areas of linguistics, including historical linguistics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics. Data is drawn from many languages including Ewe, Finnish, French, Hindi, Japanese, Malay, and especially English.
The first general introduction to grammaticalization, the processes whereby ordinary lexical items change over time into grammatical elements.
About the Author
Paul J. Hopper is Thomas S. Baker Professor of English and Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University. His publications include Grammaticalization (co-authored with Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Cambridge, 1993), A Short Course in Grammar (1999), The Limits of Grammaticalization (co-edited with Anna Giacalone-Ramat, 1998), and Frequency and the Emergence of Linguistic Structure (co-edited with Joan Bybee, 2001).Elizabeth Closs Traugott is Professor of Linguistics and English at Stanford University. Her publications include A History of English Syntax (1972), Linguistics for Students of Literature (co-authored with Mary L. Pratt, 1980), Grammaticalization (co-authored with Paul J. Hopper, Cambridge, 1993), and Regularity in Semantic Change (co-authored with Richard B. Dasher, Cambridge, 2001).
Table of Contents
Preface to the second edition and acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Some preliminaries; 2. The history of grammaticalization; 3. Reanalysis; 4. Pragmatic factor; 5. The hypothesis of unidirectionality; 6. Clause-internal morphological changes; 7. Grammaticalization across clauses; 8. Grammaticalization in situations of extreme language contact; 9. Summary and suggestions for further work; References; Index of names; Index of languages; General index.
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